“The Mother Gene is a well-written, gripping, and intense story with well-developed characters and a strong storyline. The narrative is well-researched and well-told, and most importantly, the narration makes it impossible for the reader to not empathize with the characters and their lifestyles. …The book’s strongest point is the quiet acceptance of different choices, lives, and loves without judgment.”

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Literary Titan 5/5 Star Review

“Lynne Bryant has penned my favorite sort of novel: good people doing their best to negotiate the heart-rending challenges that life throws at them. In The Mother Gene, three generations of women are touched by their different experiences as they deal with the dependency of aging, uncertainty at the end of a working life, and the excitement of starting down the path to motherhood. This tender story of women helping women takes unexpected turns but never loses its heart.”

Diane Chamberlain, New York Times bestselling author of The Last House on the Street

“Once again, Lynne Bryant weaves an emotionally compelling story—this one diving deep into the intricacies of cross-generational relationships and the complexities of becoming a parent. Word by word, she shows us how to see one another through a more compassionate lens. In the end, readers are gifted an impactful and timely read that sticks with us long after the last page has been turned. Perfect for book clubs, this novel makes us reexamine not only what it means to be a mother, but what it means to be an open-hearted human being.”

Julie Cantrell, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Perennials

“The ambitious cross-generational novel addresses compelling social issues such as class, health care, and women’s reproductive rights without taking a heavy-handed approach…Bryant’s empathy and understanding shines throughout…The Mother Gene employs three points of view—Miriam, Lillian, and Olivia—to good effect as it explores the theme of what it means to be a mother…The full truth about Lillian and Miriam’s past delivers an emotional punch thanks to Bryant’s perceptive, humane characterization and abiding sense of what matters most. Great for fans of Diane Chamberlain and Jodi Picoult.”